Michelle Baruchman

Michelle Baruchman is a digital audience intern for ajc.com.

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Deal endorses domestic terrorism bill
 Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Monday a bill that expands the state’s domestic terrorism laws and creates a registry of information about unauthorized immigrants. Dubbed the “Protect Georgia Act,” House Bill 452 requires the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to publicly post information about unauthorized immigrants who...

9:16 PM Tuesday, May. 09, 2017

Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Monday a bill that expands the state’s domestic terrorism laws and creates a registry of information about unauthorized immigrants. Dubbed the “Protect Georgia Act,” House Bill 452 requires the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to publicly post information about unauthorized immigrants who...
Rural Georgians receive tax credits under newly signed law
 Gov. Nathan Deal signed a hotly-debated $60 million tax credit into law Tuesday that was criticized by opponents from both sides of the aisle as a giveaway to corporate interests but praised by supporters as a boon to struggling rural communities. Sponsored by state Sen. Larry Walker Jr., a Republican from Perry, SB 133 was advertised as...

8:13 PM Tuesday, May. 09, 2017

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a hotly-debated $60 million tax credit into law Tuesday that was criticized by opponents from both sides of the aisle as a giveaway to corporate interests but praised by supporters as a boon to struggling rural communities. Sponsored by state Sen. Larry Walker Jr., a Republican from Perry, SB 133 was advertised as...
Georgia governor signs bill to increase salary of next governor
 Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Tuesday that will increase the salary of his successor by 25 percent. House Bill 202, sponsored by state Rep. Jay Powell, R-Camilla, sets the next governor’s salary at $175,000, up from the $139,339 that the chief state executive now earns. The new law goes into effect in 2019, meaning Deal will not be...

7:32 PM Tuesday, May. 09, 2017

Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Tuesday that will increase the salary of his successor by 25 percent. House Bill 202, sponsored by state Rep. Jay Powell, R-Camilla, sets the next governor’s salary at $175,000, up from the $139,339 that the chief state executive now earns. The new law goes into effect in 2019, meaning Deal will not be...
Georgia medical marijuana expansion bill signed into law
 Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Tuesday a measure that expands the state’s medical marijuana program. Senate Bill 16 makes six more conditions eligible for treatment with a limited form of cannabis oil allowed in Georgia: AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, epidermolysis bullosa, peripheral neuropathy and Tourette’s syndrome...

6:31 PM Tuesday, May. 09, 2017

Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Tuesday a measure that expands the state’s medical marijuana program. Senate Bill 16 makes six more conditions eligible for treatment with a limited form of cannabis oil allowed in Georgia: AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, epidermolysis bullosa, peripheral neuropathy and Tourette’s syndrome...
Georgia governor gives a second glance to an optometry bill
 Gov. Nathan Deal took an extra look at a bill that expands the abilities of optometrists in the state. He signed into law Tuesday Senate Bill 153, which intitally related to hearing aids but was transformed into a bill that allows an optometrist to diagnose and treat certain eye conditions through injection — a procedure previously...

6:24 PM Tuesday, May. 09, 2017

Gov. Nathan Deal took an extra look at a bill that expands the abilities of optometrists in the state. He signed into law Tuesday Senate Bill 153, which intitally related to hearing aids but was transformed into a bill that allows an optometrist to diagnose and treat certain eye conditions through injection — a procedure previously...
Georgia Music Investment Act becomes law
 Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Monday a measure that deepens the state’s vested interest in supporting and benefiting Georgia’s entertainment industry. House Bill 155, dubbed the the Georgia Music Investment Act, is the the third leg of the state’s efforts to retain and grow creative talent and the first tax incentive...

3:31 PM Tuesday, May. 09, 2017

Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law Monday a measure that deepens the state’s vested interest in supporting and benefiting Georgia’s entertainment industry. House Bill 155, dubbed the the Georgia Music Investment Act, is the the third leg of the state’s efforts to retain and grow creative talent and the first tax incentive...
Hopefuls took different paths seeking Cobb-Fulton state Senate seat
 Democrat Christine Triebsch will compete against Republican Kay Kirkpatrick in a May runoff after both fell short of an outright victory in Tuesday’s special election to represent portions of Cobb and Fulton counties in the state Senate. The vote was splintered among eight candidates seeking to replace longtime state Sen. Judson Hill...

9:59 PM Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

Democrat Christine Triebsch will compete against Republican Kay Kirkpatrick in a May runoff after both fell short of an outright victory in Tuesday’s special election to represent portions of Cobb and Fulton counties in the state Senate. The vote was splintered among eight candidates seeking to replace longtime state Sen. Judson Hill...
Next state Senator for Cobb and Fulton to be decided in runoff
 Voters will determine the next state Senator to represent portions of Cobb and Fulton counties in a runoff election May 16. Democrat Christine Triebsch, a family and juvenile attorney, and Republican Kay Kirkpatrick, a retired orthopedic surgeon, will compete to replace longtime state Sen. Judson Hill, who vacated his seat to run for the...

12:53 AM Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

Voters will determine the next state Senator to represent portions of Cobb and Fulton counties in a runoff election May 16. Democrat Christine Triebsch, a family and juvenile attorney, and Republican Kay Kirkpatrick, a retired orthopedic surgeon, will compete to replace longtime state Sen. Judson Hill, who vacated his seat to run for the...
What to know about the Georgia Senate race in Cobb and Sandy Springs
 Voters in east Cobb and Sandy Springs, in addition to influencing the fate of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race, will also decide in Tuesday’s special election who they want as their next state Senator. The race to replace longtime state Sen. Judson Hill, who vacated his seat to run for the U.S. House, attracted ...

1:13 PM Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017

Voters in east Cobb and Sandy Springs, in addition to influencing the fate of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race, will also decide in Tuesday’s special election who they want as their next state Senator. The race to replace longtime state Sen. Judson Hill, who vacated his seat to run for the U.S. House, attracted ...
Georgia Senate hopefuls eye health care, transportation and schools
 Before Tom Price was appointed to be health and human services secretary, before he was a member of the U.S. House and chairman of the House Budget Committee and before he was a state senator, he was a doctor. In east Cobb County and Sandy Springs, a subregion of Price’s former congressional district, an election for an open state Senate...

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 15, 2017

Before Tom Price was appointed to be health and human services secretary, before he was a member of the U.S. House and chairman of the House Budget Committee and before he was a state senator, he was a doctor. In east Cobb County and Sandy Springs, a subregion of Price’s former congressional district, an election for an open state Senate...
Cobb County Elections Board throws out case against Kirkpatrick
 The Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration voted to deny a challenge against Kay Kirkpatrick’s eligibility for state Senate. A complaint was filed with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office Monday that alleged she used a different name other than her legal name to run for office. According to online records, the Republican...

6:43 PM Friday, Apr. 14, 2017

The Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration voted to deny a challenge against Kay Kirkpatrick’s eligibility for state Senate. A complaint was filed with the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office Monday that alleged she used a different name other than her legal name to run for office. According to online records, the Republican...